Details & Crowdfunding for Di Tripper Distillery from Hakodate


Behind the Cask LLC’s crowdfunding campaign for the Di Tripper distillery in Hakodate, Japan, is gaining popularity. Details of the distillery and return items are explained.


About Behind the Cask LLC

In Japan, T&T TOYAMA and Drumrad are well-known bottlers, but in Scotland there are several well-known companies. Simply put, [we buy our own whisky, bottle it, and sell it].

As a general method of bottlers

  • Aged in their own barrels
  • Putting the finishing touches on the wine
  • Bottling at an unofficial age
  • Change the percentage (e.g. cask strength)
  • Blending with other whiskies
  • Release a single cask of the type of cask used for the blend
  • Be particular about bottle shape and label
  • Selling the contents of the bottle as secret

The following is a list of some of the ways in which we are selling our products.

Behind Cask is characterized by its pure white label, which has become a hot topic on social networking sites.

Image exhibit: Behind the Cask official HP

BEHIND THE CASK is an authentic independent bottler’s whiskey (independent bottling business) brand from Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan. We develop sophisticated, unique, artistic, and once-in-a-lifetime whiskey and spirits products.

We bottle, wax seal, and label each bottle carefully, all by hand in our own workshop.

The concept of our products is a hybrid of whiskey, spirits, and wine. We believe that whiskey and spirits, like wine, undergo changes in the bottle, and we use French wine bottles imported from the Bordeaux region of France, which are strong enough to withstand long-term storage and easy to convey the image of changes in the bottle from the design. We also import and use natural corks that can be stored for a long period of time. (As of June 2023, we have changed to high-quality DIAM10.) You can enjoy the fresh volatile flavor components immediately after purchase, or leave it for a while to allow them to settle.

Reference: Behind the Cask official website

Company NameBehind the Cask Ltd.
Address32-5 Motomachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido 040-0054 Japan
Description of businessWhiskey sales by independent bottlers

2. about Di Tripper Distillery

Di Tripper Distillery was licensed by Behind the Cask LLC to produce whisky for the first time in Hakodate in November 2023. It will take over the former wine brewery and start producing grain whiskey made from domestic malt.

The distillery’s name is

Di Tripper Distillery was named after “Di” of “Hakodadi”, the name of the place mentioned in English in the account of Commodore Perry’s expedition to Hakodate (now Hakodate) in 1854, and was named with the idea of connecting travelers to Hakodate, travelers, the West and the East, the past, the present and the future. The name was taken from the “Di” in Hakodate, which is the name of a place described in English in the expedition account of Admiral Lee’s arrival in Hakodate (present-day Hakodate) on the black ships.

Distillery NameDi TRIPPER Distillery
Location31-20 Motomachi, Hakodate city, Hokkaido

2-1. Product Information

Although the product is described as ” grain whiskey production,” only domestic malt is used as a raw material. However, a special distillation machine is used.

It is not a single distillation machine, so it is called “grain whiskey”. Nikka’s Cafe Malt is in a similar category.

The standard product is aged for one year. The distillery knows that there are many opinions.

They say that they complete the product in one year by making innovations such as lactic fermentation of the mash, middle cut point of distillation, specifications for adding water when kegging, aging in small casks, and so on.

The name of the product also follows the Scottish tradition,

Proposed name for a one year old product: Single Grain Spirit Drink

Proposed name for products aged more than 3 years: Single Grain Japanese Whisky

Distillery Facilities

Fermentation tanks Concrete egg tanks “E.T.

*Image exhibited by CAMPFIRE Di Tripper Distillery

Concrete tanks have been active in the wine industry since they first appeared around 2000. This is an unusual fermentation tank not often heard of in the whiskey industry.

Advantages include “high thermal insulation,” “uniform temperature due to natural convection,” “sanitary control,” and “few evaporating parts.

Hybrid distillation machine iStill made in the Netherlands

*Image exhibit: CAMPFIRE Di Tripper Distillery

A hybrid still is one in which the first distillation is done in a single distillation and the second distillation is done in a continuous distillation. The alcohol content can be adjusted in the back distillation as well.

The main unit is made of stainless steel, but there is a copper element in the upper distillation column that can remove unpleasant flavor components (sulfur compounds).

Procurement of casks

99% of our products are aged in first fill sherry casks. Spanish sherry casks are made into special sizes such as 100L casks at a French cask company (Couparège) with which we have a partnership, to speed up the aging process.

Bourbon casks and second or later casks have a volatile oil component that tends to cause unpleasant aromas in young whiskies.

3. crowdfunding information

As of December 14, 2012, the crowdfunding campaign has raised approximately 54 million yen in support of the 6 million yen goal. The funds will be used to procure materials such as Hokkaido malt, yeast, water, and sherry casks.

Some of the contents are omitted. Owner’s casks are already sold out.

Please visit the crowdfunding site CAMPFIRE for more information on how to apply and for further details on the return items.

11,000 yenNew makeup sample (different from product)
22,000 yenNew make sample (different from product), 100ml sample of aging process as of April 2024
33,000 yenCrowdfunding limited time only, 350ml of New Make 350ml 50.6%, with a label and linen bag written by TERU
44,000 yen160 290ML PET bottles of brewing water, 100ml sample of the maturation process as of April 2024
52,800 yenCrowdfunding limited time only Original Sake New Make 350ml 50.6% 6 bottles
99,000 yenNew Barrel Spanish Oak 30L size without original sake
196,416 yenCrowdfunding Limited Time Only Original Sake New Make 350ml 50.6% 24 bottles
209,000 yen30L new Spanish oak barrel with Di Tripper logo and 10L (1800ml x 6 bottles) of Di Tripper original 60% sake, 10-year right to purchase additional bottles of original sake, up to 28L per year.
319,000 yen30L new Spanish oak barrel with Di Tripper logo and 20L (1800ml x 12 bottles) of Di Tripper 60% Original Sake, 10-year right to purchase additional bottles of original sake, up to 28L per year.
407,000 yen30L new Spanish oak barrel with Di Tripper logo and 28L (1800ml x 16 bottles) of Di Tripper 60% Original Sake.

image exhibited by CAMPFIRE Di Tripper Distillery


Crowdfunding Limited Time Original New Make 350ml 50.6%, Returned product image with a new label and linen bag written by TERU

4. at the end

I have the impression that they have a fairly innovative distillery facility, lineup of planned products, and branding.

The standard products could be available as early as December 2024. Other distilleries are so-called “newborns,” but the amount of support they are attracting shows that Di Tripper Distillery is a high-profile distillery.


Ryuhei Oishi

Bartender at bar Shinkai Toranomon, born in Hokkaido.
After working at a restaurant in Tokyo, became a certified sommelier by the Japan Sommelier Association.
I became interested in Japanese whiskey, of which he had little knowledge, and started working at bar Shinkai. I went to distilleries to talk to the distillers and joined JWD to share their passion and information as a bartender.

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